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the syrian president bashar al assad may be looking for a safe haven outside syria. brian todd has the story for us. >> there's little doubt that bashar al assad's regime is in trouble now. he's isolated, has few friends left in the world. we've now gotten reports that assad may be casting a net among those friends for a way out. his army is on the ropes, fighting for its life around damascus and aleppo. he may be in the process of making chemical weapons. right now, everything about assad smacks of desperation. he's looking into the possibility of seeking asylum for himself, his family and their inner circle in latin america. >> we understand that some countries both in the region and elsewhere have offered to host assad and his family should he choose to lead syria. >> the foreign minister was recently in venezuela delivering a message from bashar al assad. the minister was also in cuba and ecuador bringing classified letters from assad to leaders there. we could not get responses from syrian leaders in the u.s. or latin american governments to respond. multiple sources in the u.s., europe
.s. is prepared, in her words, to take action if the syrian regime, the syrian government of bashar al assad were to use chemical weapons or even move around chemical weapons stockpiles, many of which are near the jordanian border. >> a lot of which is near the jordanian border. we have been aware of this for a while. we're working very, very diligently to monitor that. this is a game changer. >> as far as jordan is concerned -- >> as far as the world is concerned. >> you saw that story in "the atlantic" magazine, they posted it on their website, that israel has asked jordan for permission to go in there and attack those chemical weapons sites in syria. >> i saw the report. i'm not aware of these contacts. but this affects all the countries of the region. it will be a game changer in the sense that the world will not stand still and watch these chemical and by logical weapons being used or the threat of them being used. it is going to be a game changer. so far, the lack of unanimity on how to deal with the political side of the situation in syria will certainly change if the syrian regime were to
. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great concern for so many people, everyone's taxes will go up, will go up if there's no deal. let's go live to our white house correspondent dan lothian. he's on the scene for us over at the white house. how did it go, dan? >> reporter: well, wolf, we've seen the president do this before in the past whenever he's locked in negotiations with lawmakers. he heads out on the road, either goes to a backyard or sits down around a dinner table to put pressure on congress. that's what he did today when he went to falls church sitting down with the santana family. their parents who also are employed live in the household wi
the villages around it of assad's forces and positioning rebel snipers in the area. they waited for their enemy to weaken. the government would try to airdrop supplies from helicopters, they didn't dare land he says. and most times they would miss. and we would take the foot. it was inedible. dozens defected. and even more we are told were killed. the final battle to take this massive base lasted 24 hours. rebel fighters used artillery they captured from another unit on the base, firing it into the building and ending the battle. for this rebel unit there was a treasure trove of weaponry. and most important of all, anti-aircraft missiles. hundreds of them. though not all functioning, the fighters tell us. video posted to youtube right after the assault took place, shows stacks of metal boxes packed with soviet era anti-aircraft missiles. another video posted is explaining how to arm and launch the missiles and ensure that they're locked in on their target. the regime still has the military advantage, thanks to the sheer size of its arsenal. the balance it seems may have ever so slightly shifted
comes amidst u.s. concerns that the assad repeople may be cooking up recipes, mixing materials for chemicals. that possible preparation is taking place at more than one chemical plant in syria, officials say. u.s. intelligence shows nothing has been moved out of the facilities, however. and officials say there is no indication syria is on the verge of using chemical we papoweapon. in turkey monday, russian president putin called the deploy ment of the patriot missiles unnecessary. but tuesday, the russian foreign minister said any use of chemical weapons has grave implications. while down playing reports about syria. >> translator: we can call them rumors, but the syrian authorities are moving a stockpile of chemical weapons or that they want to use them. as soon as we hear such messages, we prepare. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton spent the day meeting with her fellow ministers as they approved a plan to provide turkey with the missiles. nato says the number of missiles and their precise location along the border still needs to be worked out. it could be weeks
assad regime. we want them to go. we've long wanted him to depart. he is an ally of iran. he has not only killed 40,000 of his own people, he's tried to make a secret nuclear military program, he's helped in providing tens and tens of thousands of missiles to terrorists in lebanon and gaza. he is a loose cannon. we want him gone. we want to see a democratic and peaceful in syria. >> what about the u.s. army corps of engineers is about to build a top secret underground facility at an israeli air base outside of tel aviv. >> know nothing about it whatsoever. >> you don't know nothing or don't want to say anything. >> i saw the story, don't know anything about it. >> must have a ring of truth. >> because it's in a newspaper? >> because there's so many details. >> no. >> about which u.s. facilities would be involved in all of that. >> we have superb security relationship with the united states both with the army, air force, all branches of the u.s. military. we're in constant contact with them. i've just now come from the pentagon as you are aware our minister of defense ehud barak r
assad using his air force against his own people. you have 40,000 dead by united nations estimate when the real numbers are much, much higher. and you have the disintegration of syria and talk about recognizing this new national coalition in syria. it tells you about the ab jex to this, the lead on this issue, who really ran out the clock on the syrians is none other than secretary of state hillary clinton. >> should the united states be providing arms at this point? or is that just too far? >> well, i think we have to provide arm. it's amazing. we keep complaining there are jihadists in syria. we keep complaining maybe these people will have anti-aircraft missiles. but we don't talk about what the violence inflicted on the syrian people. i think it's way late in the hour. and i think we owe it to the syrians to be truthful with them. and we owe it to ourselves to recognize a genuine humanitarian disaster in syria. >> fouad ajami, always good to see you in "the situation room." >> thank you, joe. >>> the u.s. is rapidly approaching the fiscal cliff with predictions of dire consequences
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